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Through the Windows of Paris: Fifty Unique Shops Paperback – March 1, 1999


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  • Paperback: 132 pages
  • Publisher: Balcony Press; 1 edition (March 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1890449024
  • ISBN-13: 978-1890449025
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 7.1 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,917,719 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In Through the Windows of Paris, the reader is spirited away, like Alice through the looking glass, to a Paris where old-world skill and personal service are still the rule. Each of the 50 listings--every one the sort of establishment you'd love to seek out on your next trip--is treated with a rich spread of color photographs and an evocative depiction:

[Le Pont Traversee] One of the grandest boucheries in Paris, with the patterned marble façade and carved wood frames, has become a wonderfully ramshackle bookshop that specializes in literature of every kind. Established in 1974 by the poet Marcel Béalu, it is now run by his widow, Josée. Ceiling hooks recall the sides of beef and lamb that must once have occupied the space; now the challenge is to step lightly around tottering piles and climb the ladder past laden shelves, hoping they won't come crashing down in your search for an elusive volume of Baudelaire's poetry.

Step through doors decrepit or grand, deco or nouveau, and discover a wealth of unique, handmade treasures that would put Cartier to shame. The wine merchants, chocolatiers, toy makers, milliners, antiques shops, and lingerie makers celebrated in this charming little book define craftsmanship and good taste, and provide a sumptuous alternative to a day in line at the Louvre. --Jhana Bach

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An intimate tour of fifty Paris' exquisite boutiques selling fine handmade goods. Complete with address, store hours and Metro stops. -- LA Architect

More About the Author

Michael Webb is the author of 26 books on modern architecture and design. He was born in 1937 and grew up in London, where he worked at The Times and Country Life magazine, before moving to the U.S. in 1969 to become Programming Director of the American Film Institute. He resumed his writing career in 1981 and now lives in Los Angeles when he is not traveling the world to gather material for books and articles.

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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 8, 1999
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As a part-time resident of Paris, I thought I knew all of the "bons addresses", those hard-to-find shops where you can find that perfect, unique gift for yourself or someone at home. I was wrong! On my next trip to Paris, I'll be looking into a number of the lovely boutiques mentioned in this book. Not only are the addresses provided, complete with compelling descriptions, but there are gorgeous photos that make your mouth water in anticipation of actually visiting these havens of shopping pleasure, if only to browse and take in the beauty of their wares. Bravo to the authors and photographer!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 4, 2000
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a wonderful book, showing the real character of paris to whet your appetite. as someone who is soon to go to Paris for the first time, i loved this book for doing the legwork for me in finding those little boutiques that add character to your holiday , that i probably would have missed. i'm sure they will lead me to other great little shops and experiences.
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Just what it says it is, pictures and brief bios of 50 Paris shops unique in their products or their "look" - word of advice, a lot of times you'll go to a shop, it will be historic, cool, different, unique, worth the visit, but you'll find nothing else on the way or after you leave. In other words, they are not clustered together, so sometimes the one shop you visit is not worth it in terms of your overall journey to that area. The good news: Paris remains Paris and there is SO MUCH TO SEE, DO, EXPERIENCE, don't sweat it, ... but maybe you are better off just going and doing and then buying this book when you return, to evoke memories, not necessarily of the DISCOVERIES YOU MADE ON YOUR OWN, but of the Essence of Paris itself. So, a tough call as a planning tool, but definitely a very well done book for what it is! I'm just not sure what it is.
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